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DonCurley

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Posted: 08/26/12 08:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

big whitey wrote:

are any/all of the trails doable in a TC?

We did the entire Alpine Loop (Engineer Pass, Cinnamon Pass, and American Basin) along with Ophir Pass in August 2008 in our Dodge 3500/Outfitter Apex 8 rig. We returned in August 2009 and did the Cinnamon Pass Road from Lake City to American Basin and then climbed Handies Peak (14,058 ft) before leaving the area via Cinnamon Pass & Silverton. Others have also done the Alpine Loop and Imogene Pass in truck/TC rigs, however, they tend to be pop-up campers (or smaller hard-sided TC's) with off-road capable trucks and off-road experienced drivers. The passes are typically closed for a good portion of the year due to snow and when they are open, weather can be an issue at altitude. There also can be a fair amount of on-coming traffic from ATV's & Jeeps at times where passing can be a challenge with a full-sized truck/TC rig.

Bottom-line ... it's easier & safer to do these types of trails & passes in Jeeps or ATV's.


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Posted: 08/26/12 08:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

big whitey wrote:

are any/all of the trails doable in a TC?
I see Don responded to your question. Thanks Don

* This post was edited 08/26/12 08:24am by Nemo667 *


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Posted: 08/26/12 08:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thx 4 the info.sounds similar to the white rim trail.we did 26 miles in a popup TC in 2010,took us 8 hours.

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Posted: 08/26/12 09:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

big whitey wrote:

Thx 4 the info.sounds similar to the white rim trail.we did 26 miles in a popup TC in 2010,took us 8 hours.

We also did the entire 104 mile White Rim Trail in March 2008 with Ben & Tory along with Steve Urban and his wife with our three Outfitter pop-up campers over a 3-day period.

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Posted: 08/26/12 10:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oolala, did I spell that right? Hey Ben, I like your style. What great views and a great trip. Let's see...camping, fishing, 4wheeling, camping, fishing, 4wheeling. Yep, you covered it with this trip, there's nothing left to do, in my opinion that makes for a perfect vacation. Thanks mucho Ben, it was a pleasure!
BTW, dig the "Nemo" pose, it's all yours.

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Posted: 08/26/12 01:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

whazoo wrote:

BTW, dig the "Nemo" pose, it's all yours.
Thanks for checking in Dave.

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Fantastic trip, great report, outstanding photos. Thanks so much.


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Wow, pretty impressive! My kind of trip with the TC, jeep and fishing. Time to add yet another location to my bucket list.


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Posted: 08/26/12 02:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice report good pictures.

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Posted: 08/26/12 03:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big Whitey,
The only one Sheep Camp, Whazoo and I would NOT attempt in TC's was Black Bear. Look back a couple years in the archives for our trip reports. I think one was, "San Juan High" or something like that.
Nemo and Don et co. did it the traditional way in very well set-up Jeeps.
The thing you need to know if going TC-High, is that most of the jeep trails up there were former mining roads which needed clearance for larger wagons and later good sized trucks to haul supplies and ore. So, tall was in order for clearance.
regards, as always, jefe
Whazoo going thru a blasted bore on the way up the road to Imogene Pass. You can see how much clearance there is:
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This is me coming out the other side of the same bore;
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